West Virginia University offering free yoga classes to reduce students’ stress

West Virginia University (WVU), a public research-intensive university in Morgantown, is offering free yoga and meditation classes to reduce the increasing stress experienced by students; and are urging all US universities/colleges to offer such free yoga-meditation programs.

“Yoga and meditation have been proven to reduce stress levels, help with academic performance, and promote overall emotional and physical well-being”, the WVU announcement says. Classes being offered include Body Flow, Guided Meditation, Power Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Vinyasa Flow. The University will also provide yoga mats, meditation cushions, and chairs at no charge.

According to US National Institutes of Health, yoga may help one to feel more relaxed, be more flexible, improve posture, breathe deeply, and get rid of stress. According to a “2016 Yoga in America Study”, about 37 million Americans (which included many celebrities) now practice yoga; and yoga is strongly correlated with having a positive self image.

Founded in 1867, WVU offers 340+ majors and has been ranked “among the top 1.5% of universities in the world”. Its students come from 107 countries and all 50 US states. E. Gordon Gee and William D. Wilmoth are the President and Board Chairman respectively. Shannon Foster is Interim Director of WELLWVU, whose mission includes “to foster the complete well being of our students”.

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 ‘Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017’ rolled out the red carpet to welcome some of the world’s most renowned names in the areas of business, media, entertainment, crusader, and glamour, at Toronto’s historic Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex, on Tuesday November 28th.

The evening began with a sizzling red carpet reception with over 30 celebrities and personalities making the fateful walk down a 36 foot red carpet, which included ANOKHI Pulse Tv’s famous gold couch lounge against the backdrop of music by DJ Fizza. This was followed by a 2.5-hour auditorium style awards-fashion-entertainment show with 18 awards honours, 4 live musical performances, and a first of its kind fashion runway show, and hosted by 6 prominent personalities in media and entertainment.

The master of ceremonies, actor, comedian, and CBC radio host, Ali Hassan opened the show with a comedic monologue followed by ANOKHI MEDIA’s CEO and brand ambassador’s opening remarks that highlighted this year as the awards show’s 10th year that saw a record breaking nominations for Canadian South Asians. Continue reading “ANOKHI AWARDS 2017 HONOURED THE SOUTH ASIAN COMMUNITY FROM AROUND THE WORLD AT A STAR-STUDDED GALA”


Celebration to feature Hot Wheels super track, six life-size Hot Wheels cars and a Collector’s Zone featuring more than 500 die-cast Hot Wheels models

The number one selling toy in the world is joining with the Canadian International AutoShow in presenting an explosion of activities to commemorate its 50thanniversary.

Developed by toy maker Mattel in 1968, Hot Wheels is one of the most iconic toys of all time making childhood — and adulthood — awesome for everyone.

The 50th anniversary of Hot Wheels will be a feature attraction of the 2018 AutoShow, being held Feb. 16-25 at the downtown Metro Toronto Convention Centre. While more than 1,000 conventionally powered cars and light trucks will be on display, the focus of this year’s show will be The New Movement. Manufacturers of 14 all-electric and hybrid vehicles will not only show them off but make them available for test drives.

There’s no doubt, however, that along with Art & the Automobile, Auto Exotica and Tuner Battlegrounds – AutoShow edition, the Hot Wheels anniversary will be a major attraction.

“Since 1968, we’ve made six billion cars that have contributed to the happiness of children and adults everywhere, Continue reading “CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL AUTOSHOW PRESENTS  50TH ANNIVERSARY OF HOT WHEELS”

Staying Off the Naughty (Spending) List:  Ways to Manage Your Finances and Avoid Post-Holiday Blues 

The holidays are filled with temptation to overspend. Here’s my advice on how to manage your holiday spending.
By Eric Tyson

The holidays are upon us, bringing all those personal and family images and sensations we cherish. But for many of us, there are a few not-so-joyous holiday sights (overflowing boxes and bags from our purchases) and sounds (email notifications of our latest orders and purchases online and the ca-ching! of retail cash registers marking our escalating debt). These negatives can easily outweigh all that we love about the holiday season.

Overall, the 2008 financial crisis and recession brought about a renewed dedication to saving. It’s very important that you not let your holiday spending zap all of the saving progress you made during the year.

Whether it’s a dedication to the gift-giving tradition, a sense of obligation, or a feeling that the holidays entitle us to have a little more fun than usual, too many of us seem to turn a blind eye to the budget-busting reality of all that spending over just a couple of months. Don’t let excessive holiday spending cause unnecessary financial stress for you and your loved ones. Continue reading “Staying Off the Naughty (Spending) List:  Ways to Manage Your Finances and Avoid Post-Holiday Blues “

JSW Group and ace fashion designer Manish Arora profess philosophy, ‘All We Need is Love”

JSW Groups’ iconic landmark Jindal Mansion, dons a master piece created by ace fashion designer Manish Arora in conjunction with St+art Mumbai. As a part of St+art Mumbai 2014 UK based artist, Filthy Luker, had installed giant inflatable tentacles on the mansion which caught everyone’s attention.

‘All We Need is Love.’ is the inspiration, and the title, of Arora’s installation. In a world filled so much chaos, conflict and hatred, positive imagery and messaging are extremely important. The installation aims to evoke emotions like love and encourage passersby to stop and think of beauty in the world. The JSW Group, Manish Arora and St+art India Foundation hope that this message will be an affirmation and a reminder to be hopeful for the future.

Mrs Sangita Jindal – Chairperson JSW Foundation says, as a patron of Art, I strongly believe that Art and Culture contribute towards the growth of  society and creates positive ripples of conversation for our future generations. It is important that art is inclusive and can be experienced by as wide an audience as possible. I am happy that Manish has used the canvas of our iconic Jindal Mansion, to spread love & joy this festive season.

“The inspiration for this art piece comes from my life philosophy, ‘All We Need is Love” and the designs showcase and interpret love in different forms. I want people to stop and ponder when they look at the installation and for that one minute, feel pure unadulterated love. In today’s social and political environment, it’s so important to remember its love that makes us human and connects all of us. Continue reading “JSW Group and ace fashion designer Manish Arora profess philosophy, ‘All We Need is Love””

Hindu Heritage Month Celebrations at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, locatedat 61 Claireville Drive, Toronto,celebrated Hindu Heritage Month, on November 25 and 26, in support of this initiative of the Government of Ontario. Visitors to the Mandir were greeted by volunteer tour guides and enjoyed the experience of arti, Abhishek and the Hindu Heritage Exhibition.

Special guests during the Hindu Heritage Month celebrations included:

  • The Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
  • The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science

His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj inspired the creation of the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir and many other mandirs around the world, including BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi, to promote and preserve Hindu heritage and values for generations to come.

Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s 97th birth anniversary was also celebrated on Sunday November 26.

Devotees and the community came together to commemorate the many years Pramukh Swami Maharaj had dedicated to promoting Hindu heritage and guiding the lives of individuals all over the world. Children and youths rehearsed for weeks before the festival, practicing devotional songs and traditional dances to share their enthusiasm and appreciation for Pramukh Swami Maharaj. They also prepared skits and speeches reminiscing on the influence that Pramukh Swami Maharaj has had on individuals. Continue reading “Hindu Heritage Month Celebrations at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir”

Ontario Action Plan for Seniors 

By; Bob Delaney, Member of Provincial parliament, Mississauga-Streetsville

About one in 9 of Ontario’s seniors lives in Mississauga and Brampton. Today, Ontario’s services to them just took a progressive step forward. Ontario unveiled the Aging with Confidence plan.

Aging with Confidence is a major overhaul and expansion of many programs aimed at serving seniors. It includes $15 million investment in housing in the next two years; unlocking surplus Ontario-owned land; new mixed-use housing development; a free high-dose flu vaccine targeted at protecting seniors from the seasonal flu; 5,000 new long-term care beds in the next four years; more care to long-term care residents; and expanding house calls to include nurses, social workers, therapists and other providers.

Social interaction

Social interaction is something seniors frequently ask about. Aging with Confidence supports learning and mentorship between youth and seniors. Youth volunteers can also assist seniors with their grasp of today’s information technology. Seniors continue to embrace the web at rapid rates. Seniors can get help with on-line protection and etiquette, how to access information, completing electronic forms, as well as today’s staple tasks: e-mail, social media and how to best use a mobile phone.

The number of seniors in Ontario will double to 4.6 million in the next generation. Ontario will continue to be the best place in the world to grow older. Aging with Confidence focuses on what seniors say they care about most: living independently; staying connected; social, and active. Continue reading “Ontario Action Plan for Seniors “


Female Empowerment Ambassador & producer of PADMAN, Twinkle Khanna, invited to join eminent panel at United Nations, NY for ‘Woman Entrepreneurship Day

Best-Selling Author, Film Producer and vocal female empowerment champion, Twinkle Khanna was invited to be part of a panel of “girl power” change-makers at the annual international Women’s Entrepreneurship Day [WED] event, which convened at the United Nations in New York City on Friday, 17th November 2017.

Held to empower women and girls globally to help alleviate poverty, WED curated the Sparking Confidence in Girls with Stars of Today panel, which saw Twinkle Khanna join discussions with other eminent personalities including Sara Bareilles, Singer, Songwriter, 6-time Grammy Nominee, Broadway Musical Writer/ Composer “Waitress”, Mikaila Ulmer, 12 Years Old, Founder Me & the Bees Lemonade & Successful ABC Shark Tank Contestant, Angela Simmons, Founder/Designer Foofi and Bella, Editor Angela’s Rundown, Star WE TV’s Growing Up Hip Hop and MTV’s Run House, Philanthropist. The panel was moderated by Veronica Dagher, ‘Secrets of Wealthy Women’ @WSJPodcasts and Wall Street Journal Wealth Adviser Reporter.

In an event replete with a host of high-profile attendees such as the CEO of Beauty Evolution, Bobbi Brown, the First Woman Television Producer in the US Lucy Jarvis Continue reading “UNITED FOR GIRL POWER!”

Delhi 2 Dublin will be the opening act for City of Brampton’s Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration!

Just Announced! City of Brampton’s Headliner and Opening Act for Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration!

BRAMPTON, ON: On November 17, at the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, the City of Brampton announced The Sheepdogs will be the headliner for this year’s New Year’s Eve Celebration in downtown Brampton. Special guests, Delhi 2 Dublin will be the opening act.

 Save the date  Sunday, December 31, from 5:30 pm to 12:30 am, as the New Year’s Eve Celebration is an exciting annual event for the whole family.

 The City of Brampton is excited to share this incredible roster of musical talent for this year’s FREE New Year’s Eve concert in Garden Square. Come to downtown Brampton to ring in 2018 with this all-Canadian concert line-up!

 The program includes musical performances by a number of Brampton locals including Guinness World Record holder for World’s Youngest DJ, Brandan Duke the DJ, indie rock band The Downturns and Canadian rapper, Pryde.

 The fun goes beyond Garden Square! This year, there will be a children’s dance party in the City Hall Atrium, craft station in the Conservatory and skating at Gage Park’s open air rink. Warm up at a fire pit while roasting marshmallows. The gazebo in the park is where we’ll be rocking out from 5:30 pm with music and an emcee to get the party started. Continue reading “Delhi 2 Dublin will be the opening act for City of Brampton’s Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration!”

 It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence

Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women recognize that by working in a spirit of collaboration, they have an opportunity to help advance gender equality across Canada.

Last week, at the  35th annual meeting of the Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women in Toronto, the Ministers worked collaboratively to advance the key priorities affecting women and girls in Canada.

The Ministers had the opportunity to discuss many issues of importance, including the low reporting rates of sexual assaults across Canada. Ministers recognized the efforts taken by law enforcement and community groups to find ways of working together to better support survivors of sexual violence. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Waterloo Regional Police, representing the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Ending Violence Association of British Columbia were invited to present on best practices for supporting survivors to report sexual assault. The RCMP is committed to working with interested jurisdictions and communities to explore expanding third party reporting. Third party reporting is a process where a survivor may anonymously report a sexual assault through a community-based organization. 

The Government of Canada also shared details on It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence and a proposed survey on gender-based violence. Ministers will continue to monitor trends in supporting survivors of sexual violence. Continue reading ” It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence”